Explore the most popular Dog Friendly trails in Banff National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Easy-Moderate Canmore Difficulty = ⭐️⭐️/ 5 Distance = ⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 Elevation = ⭐️/ 5 Scenery = ⭐️⭐️/ 5 Elapsed time = 2:36 Open walk down the creek bed. Depending on how much precipitation there has been when you go, prepare to get your feet wet. There are dead trees that you can use to cross the little creek at some points, others the creek is narrow enough to step over. There is very little shade on this hike.

A bit muddy after some rain yesterday, but a great short hike. Pretty steep switchbacks at the beginning but overall not too difficult.

hiking
2 days ago

This short hike was a great break from the car and the depth of the water’s cut into the rock was amazing.

hiking
3 days ago

Super easy, very popular, best in the eve or morning!

This hike is easy to moderate depending upon ones fitness level. Nice views at the top. On one side you will see Banff town right beneath Sulphur Mountain and on the other side you will see spectacular views of Bow River. Highly recommended.

hiking
4 days ago

This is an amazing viewpoint. The hike is a few switchbacks only and gets you away from busier areas like down town Banff and lake Louise area.

good view.

Very good path. I would say easy-moderate, as it’s always climb up, although pretty slow and steady. Has good view on Banff and Bow river. On return, if you didn’t arrive in a car, continue your way down on Tunnel Mountain drive and you will shortly reach Bow falls and Famous Spring Hotel. Then nice, easy and short walk along the ricer to the downtown

hiking
8 days ago

A lot of fun jumping over the stream and balancing over logs to cross the creek. Waterproof shoes with good ankle support is recommended as there is a lot of loose rocks you are walking over.

Great hike. It exceeded our expectations well worth the trip up. The views were amazing especially of the golf course that I played the day before. You can actually see views from both sides of the mountain.

Don’t be put off by the start! The first part from the car park is the steepest. Once past the second road there are relatively gentle switchbacks most of the way up. I saw lots of family’s with small children, a few trail runners and one crazy guy running with a sports pushchair..?! Definitely not pushchair friendly, but a good leg stretch with fantastic views of Banff and down The Valley the other side of the mountain. Lovely walk accessible straight from the main town. It took us less about an hour to get up from the centre of town. Would do again!

We had a nice sunny day, the views at the top were beautiful overlooking the Bow River, Banff town centre, golf course and the surrounding mountains. This was a nice easy walk, very busy but definitely worth doing.

hiking
10 days ago

Quick and easy hike. Completed in flip flops in about 20 minutes.

hiking
11 days ago

This hike is short and simple. View at the canyon is mesmerizing. Sounds of water, view if the valley on one side and beauty of the canyon on the other side. Overall it’s a must do hike for a quick break after long drive.

hiking
12 days ago

Your pups will thank you for this one! You follow the creek the entire way- so much fun for them to splash around!

hiking
12 days ago

A very short hike with beautiful falls! Hardly anyone in the trail. If you are traveling along Ice Fields Parkway definitely worth the stop.

hiking
12 days ago

5 stars for the short trail and beautiful water flows. worth the 10 minute pull off to hike this trail

Our family enjoyed this hike but didn’t find it to be as rewarding as others nearby. The views of the town and golf course are lovely.

If there was something between easy and moderate, this would be it. And it's gorgeous!

hiking
13 days ago

The hike took an hour and 45 mins. Would be a good trail for trail running. The hike wasn’t difficult but I still felt like I got some exercise. Nice views of Banff along the way.

hiking
15 days ago

One of my all time favourite spots. It's right off the highway. So many people just drive right by it and miss out on this absolute gem. I haven't been up there recently but I suspect the construction around the parking area is complete by now.

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bugs
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

A definite don’t miss for a very short hike with a great view of waterfall/creek that has cut a zigzag through the canyon.

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bugs
17 days ago

great beautiful hike. you do not get a opening to the beautiful mountain in the photos unless you also go onto the vermillion lakes trail. make sure you bathe in bug spray. other than that it is a gorgeous magical nature hike. enjoy!

hiking
17 days ago

A quick, easy trail with a super rewarding view! Definitely a must see if you are in the area.

hiking
18 days ago

Walked to the trail head from the place we stayed in the town of Banff. Super easy to access. The incline was steeper than anticipated, but was worth the views. Even though the hike is shorter than some others in the area, it provides many great vantage points to view the surrounding peaks and the town. When hiking back down, it was pretty crowded, but I hardly ever had to stop and wait for others before continuing on my way. Took our time and it was about 70’ up, 50’ down. No bathrooms at the trailhead, but there are public ones in the town.

Pretty accessible trail considering the view you get at the end. Hardest part is leaving the bottom parking lot to the higher parking lot. Lots of kids and semi--in-shape elderly along way too.

This was so worth it! My husband, myself, and our dog started from Johnston Canyon on a 2 night backpacking trip. We were overwhelmed by the amount of people at Johnston Canyon, but like the other reviewer said, once your past the ink pots there are very few people. We spent the first night at Larry's Camp which is right on the river and has a beautiful view from the cook area. It took us about 3 hrs, including time to look at the waterfalls and breathtaking ink pots. Next day we hiked to Lake Luellen. The last 1 km is challenging (and there was an unexpected detour going up and down again on a new trail, we assumed to go around a washout), but the view will take your breath away when you get there!!! After a very cold but refreshing jump in glacial Lake Luellen, we felt like new people. This was the most beautiful place I've ever stayed in the backcountry. I would highly recommend. The next day we hiked all the way back...and our legs certainly were feeling it after!! Lots of places to stop and filter delicious cold mountain stream water. Bear lockers and cook areas at both campsites, no need for bear ropes.

Easy trail near to the town, good views and not too steep on the way up.

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